Taylor-made for Mildenhall to cut gap at the top to five points

AWAY DEFEAT: Martin Kingdon (2-48) grabbed two wickets in Mildenhall II's 18-run defeat at Long Melford
AWAY DEFEAT: Martin Kingdon (2-48) grabbed two wickets in Mildenhall II's 18-run defeat at Long Melford
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

Mildenhall 251-6 beat

Wivenhoe 231 by 20 runs

Mildenhall closed the gap on leaders Sudbury to just five points with a century from Steve Taylor helping secure a victory over Wivenhoe.

On a sunny afternoon at Wamil Way, Mildenhall won the toss and chose to bat first against their Essex opponents.

Opener Joe Reed (six) was caught early on, before Matt Allen survived a couple of scares to add 49 runs.

Allen (15) departed in the 19th over to leave the home side on 60-2, with captain Ben Shepperson and Taylor increasing the run rate.

Mildenhall’s innings ticked over the 100 mark with Taylor reaching his half-century, as the pair added 122 runs in just over 20 overs.

Taylor completed his first Saturday century of the season before finally departing for a well-made 117.

Shepperson (52) completed his half-century which saw Mildenhall pass 200 runs, with cameos from Steve Lankester (18), Tom Allen (18 not out) and Karl Holmes (12 no) helping the hosts close on 251-6.

Mildenhall went on to clinch their fourth straight win with wickets from Lankester (4-61) and Baig (2-29) seeing Wivenhoe finish 20 runs short.

n Mildenhall II’s three-match winning run in Division Two ended after an 18-run defeat at Long Melford.

A strong bowling performance, led by Pete Worthington (4-38), had contained the hosts to 182-8, before the reply fell 18 runs short.

n Mildenhall III got back to winning ways in Division Four with a five-wicket victory against Abberton.

Andrew Zajac (3-42) and Matt Heywood (3-31) helped bowl Abberton all out for 147, with Kieren Davis (39) top-scoring in reply to finish with a winning score of 148-5.

n Mildenhall IV (148-8) lost by seven wickets against Woolpit III (152-3), while Tom Allen scored 106 as Mildenhall Sunday beat Hadleigh by 141 runs.

n A partnership of 75 from young brothers Tom and Matt Heywood helped Mildenhall Sunday II beat Basingstoke by 65 runs.